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Online Courses

Making art live.

Heatherleys is pleased to offer a series of online courses. These are live classes and the tutor will lead you through a practical project each week.

You will need to have the Zoom application installed on your computer and each week the tutor will send you a link to join the class at the appointed time.

You will not need special studio facilities and the projects could be carried out on a table/work surface.

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If you are using an Apple device such as an ipad or iphone, please note that for security reasons, Apple does not allow the downloading of applications outside of its App store. To download Zoom visit the Apple Store.

To book an Online Course or Tutorial you must be aged 18 years old or over. You are asked not to photograph or video on line sessions or course material unless this has been specifically directed by your tutor as part of your course. Course material is for the use of Heatherley students only and must not be shared with the general public on social media.

Drawing from Paintings in Global Collections

Tutor: Laura Smith

This online course allows you to explore major global collections from home. Each week, we draw from paintings in different galleries and museums. Examples include: Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, MoMA, New York and NGA, Canberra. Beginning with an introduction to the artist and group discussion, you will draw from chosen paintings with guidance from your tutor.

Open to all levels.

Pencil drawing made on the Heatherleys art course 'Drawing from paintings in museums'

Course Fee: £360

12 sessions online via Zoom.

6.30pm – 9.00pm
12 Thursdays / No half term break

Course code: ZM5

Past Online Courses

Portrait Painting

Wednesday mornings

Tutor: Carl Randall

A course of 10 lessons by National Portrait Gallery London award winning artist Carl Randall, exploring old master and contemporary portrait painting techniques. Using a simplified, structured, and step-by-step approach, students will learn the skills and techniques necessary to be able to paint portraits. Creating portraits that have a convincing sense of shape, form and colour is difficult to do, and this course looks at various techniques used to do this. By learning to interpret the human head into its abstract elements (shape, tone & colour), you will gain confidence in how to paint portraits in a structured and methodical manner. The course offers a balance between traditional academic techniques (used by the old masters); and also more contemporary approaches focusing on mark making and paint texture.

Course Fee: £240

Consists of 10 morning sessions each lasting 3 hours via Zoom.
Wednesdays 10am – 1.00pm
Starting 28 April – 30 June 2021
Course available on a first come, first served basis.

Course code: ZM7

Imaginative Composition

Tutor: Carl Randall

An exciting and varied course exploring the process behind making original figurative compositions, useful to both painting and drawing students. Visualising images that are in your imagination is difficult to do and so we will look at various techniques that may be used to create and develop your pictorial designs. By examining composition and design in other artist’s work and using a variety of approaches and tools, you will be helped to understand the journey artists make in order to transform ideas into imaginative pictures. This course will include demonstrations and discussion of set project work.

Course Fee: £275

Consists of 10 morning sessions each lasting 3 hours via Zoom.
Tuesdays 10am – 1.00pm
Starting 27 April – 29 June 2021
Course available on a first come, first served basis.

Course code: ZM6

Observational Drawing

Tutor: Laura Smith

You will explore a variety of approaches and techniques, discovering the ways that line, tone and colour can be used creatively in representational drawing. We will discuss other artists work and the subjective response to the images you draw. This course is particularly suitable for those with a limited experience in drawing. Drawings will be made during the class so you will need to have a suitable work surface or easel to work on.

Consists of 4 sessions each lasting 3 hours via Zoom.
Tuesdays 10am –1.00pm
Starting 9 March 2021
Course available on a first come, first served basis.

Course code: ZM2